Joe Biden, the US President, emerged from emergency Summits in Belgium, pushing unity in the European response to Vladimir Putin as allies and partners worked secretly to develop a course of action for the potential subsequent phase of the conflict in Ukraine. The US leader said he would support removing Russia from G-20 Summit, though other members of the ‘Group of 20’ would’ve to sign on.
Joe Biden issued a vague warning that America would respond ‘in-kind’ to the likely use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) on the combat zone. But he upheld his view that direct American military involvement in Ukraine would consequence in calamity and walled a sanctions regime that until now hasn’t halted Mr. Vladimir Putin from escalating its violence.
In a press briefing late Thursday, Mr. Biden said Mr. Putin was banking on the Western military alliance being split. The North Atlantic Alliance has never been more united than it’s now. The Russian President is receiving just the opposite of what he envisioned to have from entering Ukraine.
During the crucial days of summits, President Biden declared fresh sanctions on Russia directed at Russian parliament members and revealed a plan to admit around 0.1M refugees escaping the violence in the besieged Ukraine, steps intended to show the US resolve in confronting the catastrophe. In addition, the discussion of the military alliance’s force posture along its vulnerable eastern edge was also part of the final diplomatic burst.
Moreover, Western leaders discussed on what action to take if the Putin-led armed force deploys a chemical or biological, or even atomic weapon, an outlook causing growing worries as the armed conflict reaches a stalemate.
Additional Forces Headed to NATO’s Eastern Countries
The President of America said the use of WMD in Ukraine would trigger a US response, though declined to disclose what the present intelligence assessment says about the possibility of such a violent attack. He added that the nature of the US-led NATO response would rest on the nature of the weapons’ use by the Russian military.
As the meeting got underway early March 24, European leaders heard a request for further assistance from Ukraine’s Zelenskyy, who virtually addressed the leaders’ gathering. However, he stopped short of issuing his customary call for an air exclusion zone, but he did ask for fighter planes, improved air and sea defenses, and tanks. He added leaders that they could provide Kyiv with one percent of all your fighter jets; 1% of all their tanks.
Following remarks of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a top US official, stated America is still opposed to offering fighter planes to post-Soviet country. American officials previously said giving such planes to Kyiv could be regarded by Mr. Putin as an escalatory move.
A day before the extraordinary NATO meeting, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he anticipated alliance members to increase troops in countries near to Putin’s Russia. In addition, he hopes leaders of the alliance will reach an agreement to bolster NATO’s posture, with significant increases of personnel in NATO’s eastern region, in the air, on land, and at sea. The leading move is the deployment of four new battle groups of NATO in Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, and Hungary.